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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Duke: BULLETED

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Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media today for his weekly press conference before NC State hosts Duke this Saturday after 3 straight road games. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • It was an awesome win on the road.
  • Really played complementary football in this game.
  • I love the way our guys are buying into their preparation and practicing with an edge. They’re seeing that their investment does give them results, and two weeks in a row, something we can build on that way.
  • Offensive…
    • Positives.
      • The offense got us off to a lead
      • Didn’t give up a sack against a very good front…multiple defense that does a lot of good things.
      • Rushed for 4.5 yards a carry.
        • No fumbles.
      • The receivers made some contact catches against tight coverage and Devin Leary put the ball in some good spots on some critical areas on 3rd down.
        • Emeka Emezie made some really nice catches.
        • Cary Angeline had a nice touchdown.
        • Thayer Thomas and Porter Rooks both made big plays in the pass game.
      • Devin was really good early.
        • In the 2nd half, it was wet and it was a tighter game.
        • Had some throws he could have made and he’ll learn from, but he did some good things.
        • It was obviously a defense that gives you a lot to look at, so for Devin, that’s an experience thing.
          • The more that he gets to see those things change on game day, the better he’s going to be.
      • Very proud of our backs and their ability to get yards after contact.
        • It’s not always pretty running against a loaded box.
        • Those guys had a lot of attitude runs.
          • That feeds our offensive line and our tight end group to play hard for them.
        • Very efficient in the run game.
        • Some great runs after contact.
        • Between Ricky Person and Bam Knight, we had 91 yards after contact in that game at the running back position.
          • I was proud of those guys.
          • YAC was a big point of emphasis.
    • Negatives…
      • Poor on 3rd down throughout the game.
      • Both of the opening drives in the 1st and 3rd quarter, we were 3-and-out.
      • 3 penalties on offense to open the 2nd half.
        • On each of those 3 possessions, we started on 1st and 10 with a penalty.
          • We beat ourselves, and it put us behind the chains.
          • It’s hard to play football that way in the ACC.
  • Defense…
    • Positives…
      • Stopped the run.
        • Their tailback was a really good player coming into the game.
      • Defensive line really battled.
      • Linebackers fit the ball well.
      • Tackled well.
      • Forced four turnovers.
      • Played really well on 3rd down.
      • Tony Gibson did a really nice job mixing coverage and pressure, not making the defense predictable.
      • The goal-line stand…2nd time this season was awesome to see.
      • The kids played 100 snaps on defense, and were able to play a lot of players.
        • Almost everybody we brought on the trip that was healthy was able to get in the game.
      • The best part was we scored.
        • There’s nothing like a big-man touchdown.
        • It was fun for the team and for Alim to get that opportunity. I was happy for him.
        • Time when we needed momentum.
    • Negatives…
      • We’re young in the secondary, especially when Tanner Ingle went out.
        • Got to be better at communicating.
        • It didn’t cost us…there weren’t any busts or anything like that, but you can anticipate things.
        • That’s an experience factor that we’re missing right now.
        • When they scored before the half, we had a post coverage called, there should have been a guy right in the middle of the field and a true freshman doesn’t do his job right there. He’ll learn from that.
        • At times, in the 2nd half, we were out there a lot and you could see the impact that had on our technique at times, particularly in coverage.
        • Got to play tighter coverage when in man-to-man and when we do that, we’re very effective.
      • The defensive offsides penalties were critical errors in the game and obviously an area that we need to improve and we’ll work hard on this week.
  • Special teams, for the most part, were really good.
    • Chris Dunn definitely deserves a mulligan.
      • He missed a long field goal…it was a high snap and then he had a miss later in the game which is uncharacteristic.
        • I know he’ll bounce back from that.
    • Trent Gill was fantastic in this game, our punter, holder and kickoff guy.
      • All his kickoffs were where we wanted them to be, great distance and hang.
      • 2 pooches inside the 10…1 inside the 5.
    • Thayer Thomas had 2 good returns.
    • Levi Jones’ blocked punt was a great play.
      • He did a really good job communicating with Coach Goebbel on the sideline prior to that play about how they were protecting and that he could beat his guy using technique.
      • I was really happy for him.
      • Should have been a scoop and score opportunity that we didn’t get, but we got the ball there.
      • I love blocking punts, I thought that was awesome.
    • The fake punt was probably the most disappointing part of the special teams.
      • We actually repped that play in practice.
      • We aligned properly, defended it and just didn’t in the game.
      • So that’s an area we’ve got to get better.
  • Duke…
    • Crosstown game here…a game that’s been played since 1924.
    • Only my 2nd time in 8 years getting to play against Duke.
      • 1st time playing them in Carter-Finley.
    • They’ll be very well-coached.
    • They’ve had a tough go of it with turnovers.
      • 19 times
      • Can’t win doing that
    • Smart and tough and they’ll play really hard against us.
    • Quarterback Chase Brice is a Clemson transfer.
    • Running Backs really stand out.
      • Tough kids.
      • Run hard downhill.
      • Don’t get tackled on 1st contact very often.
    • Receivers have good size.
      • 6’5” receiver in Jake Bobo
      • Tight end’s their leading receiver.
    • Nothing we haven’t seen as far as what they do in terms of their spread, no-huddle, pistol offense and all of the elements that you see from spread.
    • Really talented group on the defensive line.
      •  Victor Dimukeje and Chris Rumph jump off the film…very impressive…disruptive…well coached…powerful
      • Together they’ve got 10 Tackles-For-Loss & 9 sacks between the 2 of them.
    • Mike linebacker makes a lot of plays.
    • They’re not an overly-complicated group
      • Play really hard.
      • Line up where they’re supposed to.
      • Very disciplined in coverage.
    • 18 sacks and 32 Tackles-For-Loss in their games, so they can cause some problems.
    • They’ve been put in a lot of tough situations defensively because of their turnovers and that’s made their statistics a little skewed.
      • But they do jump off the tape D-Line wise.
  • Tyler Baker-Williams…
    • He will be back this week.
    • Nice to add someone to the secondary.
    • A group that’s been losing players.
  • Confidence from back-to-back wins…
    • In each of our 3 wins, we’ve won them in different ways.
      • In the Wake Forest game, the offense really carried the load in that game.
        • Able to score a bunch of points.
      • In the Pitt game it was through the air.
        • The defense stopped the run and the offense threw the ball.
      • In the UVA game…the defense really set the stage with the takeaways in the game and our special teams plays.
    • Our guys have learned different ways to win games.
    • 1 thing that’s common in each of the wins is that we prepared well.
      • The 1 thing that was very present in the 1 loss is that we practiced poorly on that Tuesday.
        • We made that known.
        • The guys have owned it and I love the team accountability that we have that the guys are holding each other to a standard that they expect and they’re not afraid to call each other out when they’re not getting what they want effort wise and I think that’s raised our level of play.
  • Playing Duke More Often…
    • In general, you’d like for every recruiting class to have a chance to play every team in the league.
    • The way our rotation’s set up currently, we’ll play UNC every year and then we’ll play one of the other teams every 7 years.
      • I just don’t think that’s fair, not just because they’re down the street, but you come to play in the ACC, you should play every team.
      • It’d be great if you could play home-and-away against every team, particularly when you’re talking about a team in the Triangle.
      • It’s pretty crazy to think you could come to NC State and never play Duke your entire career.
        • That’s happened for multiple players.
    • I don’t know if they’ll ever change our scheduling model, but I would definitely be somebody pounding on the table for them to do that.
    • It’s a natural rivalry.
      • You have a team that’s within 30 minutes.
      • We go into every grocery store, and you see NC State, you see Duke, you see UNC.
      • There’s stuff everywhere, and yet we don’t play them.
      • It makes sense, geographically, to play a team that’s that close to you in your own league.
      • So it’s kind of a common-sense deal in my opinion.
  • Alim McNeil Giving Credit to Josh Harris on the Goal Line stand…
    • I’m really happy that Alim was giving Josh the love, because that’s what it’s all about, sharing that.
    • We’re proud of Josh.
      • He went through an injury last year and has worked really hard to get himself into a position where he can play.
      • He’s found a role in our defense and he’s really taken advantage of it.
      • He’s not out there for a ton of snaps, but he’s making his snaps count.
    • He’s working really hard everyday on the scout team.
      • He goes up against Grant Gibson every snap, and that makes him a better football player.
    • When we get into that goal-line package, you’ve got Harris, Alim and C.J. Clark inside.
      • That’s almost 1,000 pounds. That’s stout. That helps keep the middle firm and allows us to make plays off the edge.
  • Porter Rooks…
    • He’s been a sure-handed player since he got here.
    • Now he is making the tough catch, and he is making that consistently.
    • It’s really nice to have a rotation like we do between him and Thayer, where you have sure-handed guys that can run good routes and make tough catches for the quarterback.
    • I told Porter that that was the 1st game I’ve seen him play where he had a different way about him.
      • He was a very aggressive player.
      • His personality came out a bit on Saturday.
      • It was fun to see that. I told him that I saw him grow up in that game.
      • He had a lot of energy about him.
      • He’s usually shelled up, doesn’t say a ton and just plays really hard.
      • He had some emotion to him Saturday, and it was very obvious.
    • He’s got a lot of good, good things coming his way if he just keeps working the way that he is.
  • Khalid Martin…
    • He’s making progress.
    • He is gaining all of the things back that you would hope he would feeling wise and doing physical therapy.
    • He probably will not play this year.
    • He is not done for his career, to our knowledge, but it’s going to take a while.
    • He’s so out of shape now too because he’s not able to go through all the things that players go through.
    • We are going to take our time with it, but he is recovering and doing well.
    • He’s great around the guys.
      • He’s very enthusiastic with them.
      • He’s very good at encouraging his teammates.
      • Just seeing him in that light for them is good.
      • I think it’s good for our staff.
        • You never want to see a player get carted off.
  • In-State game and recruiting…
    • All the in-state games carry recruiting ties to them.
    • There’s going to be players that we go head-to-head with them on.
    • Obviously beating them on the field is always something that helps you.
    • Recruiting is basically not happening right now in person.
    • We are losing out, in my opinion, on a recruiting opportunity because this would have been a huge crowd for a home game, which is always a recruiting tool for us with our guys.
      • Playing in front of 4,000 is a little bit different than playing in front of a packed house here at the Carter when it comes to the recruiting aspect of things.
    • But with postseason conversations, if kids are choosing between us and Duke or us and Wake or us and UNC, the head-to-head games always matter to what they are looking at program wise.
  • Momentum heading into this game…
    • Our guys have a lot of confidence, but they’ve also been humbled this year.
      • I think that’s the biggest thing that we talk about.
    • Two weeks ago people were throwing you on the wood pile, and now they are bragging about you.
    • You just have to remember that you are one day away from being a hero or a zero around here.
    • So, we’ve got to focus on the present and getting better, and focus on the details that gave us two wins in a row, and not get caught up in all that.
    • At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who we play; it’s how we play.
  • Tuning out the negativity after VT…
    • Yeah, we definitely have to address it.
    • There’s a lot of people out there that get off on being negative on social media and being a turncoat on their own team at times.
    • It’s just fuel to the fire for our guys. That’s how we take it.
    • We are going to play our butt off for our wife, our family and for each other and for the people that constantly support us.
      • For the people that don’t, that’s the way it goes. We’re not going to spend time on them.
    • We’ve got to look really hard at ourselves and the people that love us.
      • We don’t play the game for comments on Twitter.
      • We play the game for our families.
      • We play the game because we want to be successful in life.
      • We play the game because we love our brothers.
      • We play the game because we love to compete.
      • All that other stuff is just distraction and noise.
      • As you all know, every young person has their phone in their hand a lot, so it’s hard for them to ignore it.
        • They have to learn how to do that. It’s a skill set that sometimes they don’t learn until they get a loss on their record.
        • They learn quickly that there’s a lot of fickle people.
  • Handling positivity…
    • We talked about it yesterday.
    • You focus on ‘how did you get the results?’
      • You got them by getting beat and realizing that you’ve got to practice the right way to get the win.
      • Then you did, and then you repeated it.
      • You just need to continue to stay process oriented and block the distractions and focus on the things that are giving you the results, not the things that are creating the distractions.
  • Josh Pierre-Louis & Taiyon Palmer getting experience at Nickel while Tyler Baker-Williams was out…
    • Both of them have gotten better in his absence, so we’ve created depth at that spot; depth that we didn’t know about coming into the season.
      • I’m really excited about both of those players.
      • Like I told you two weeks ago, I thought Taiyon played really well against Pitt and JPL played really well against Virginia.
      • Those two guys have created depth, and they’ll help us moving forward.
    • Tyler is going to come back.
      • He’s been gone 28 days when you add them all up with his quarantines, and he hasn’t been sick.
      • That’s the hard part of this thing with contact tracing.
    • He’s not going to be able to play 100 snaps.
      • We’re going to have to have a rotation at nickel, but it’s great to have him back.
    • He was playing as good as any guy on our roster in training camp.
      • That’s a nice thing to get him back in the lineup.
  • Playing in front of a crowd…
    • Being around a fanbase will be nice for our players.
      • They would love to have some real crowd noise as opposed to pumped in.
      • The last game we just had families there, and now there’s going to be 4,000-some tickets.
    • From what I’m told, our roster will get tickets, our staff will get some and some of our students will get tickets, which is great for them, and some of the donors that have helped us through this tough situation that we’ve been in. It’s not going to be a big crowd, but it’s going to be a crowd that is very loyal to these guys.
  • Studying Duke…
    • The fact that we are so far into the year, you kind of have an idea of what he is going to be.
    • In preparation I’ve watched Duke on defense for the past seven years. I’ve watched Duke on offense for the past seven years.
      • Even though Cutcliffe wasn’t calling plays maybe, I know that he had his hand in it.
      • I know that he was very much a part of their offense. That’s just who he is.
    • You can study what they’ve done.
    • You can study the evolution of their offense based on who their quarterbacks are because obviously they’ve had running quarterbacks and now they have a drop-back quarterback.
      • They were an offset team, and now they are more of a pistol team.
      • He’s always jumped in empty.
      • They are going to use tempo.
  • Doeren losing weight over the years…
    • I just had a ‘no mas’ moment basically where my clothes said ‘if you don’t lose weight, you can’t wear me anymore.’
    • I felt like I wasn’t my best self three or four years ago.
      • I wanted more energy.
      • I wanted more focus.
      • I wanted to be a better representative for my players, so it was just something I needed to do.

 

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